Will the Next President “Make America Great Again”?

I would never vote for Donald Trump. Not a chance. But I will say that his campaign interests me. He is a true political outsider. The GOP Establishment hates him. They desperately want to get rid of him, but it’s way too late for that. He is immensely popular with many Republican voters, and he really could get the Republican nomination for President. The possibility is there, anyway.

As I have discussed before, Trump has actual grassroots support. Almost no other GOP candidates can say they have this. And his popularity only seems to grow with each day. The things he says would usually sink anyone else, but every verbal bomb he drops only serves to make him more popular. I think this is because most Republican voters are sick of milquetoast politicians who quiver in fear of political correctness and whimper apologies whenever they the offend the prissy snowflakes littering modern American society.

Trump is nearly the opposite of this; he says what he wants and gives nary a damn if anyone is offended. Accusations of racism/sexism/xenophobia/homophobia seem to bounce right off of him. This has driven the Left-Wing media insane. They have no idea what else to do. This part of Trump’s campaign, I enjoy. In the words of famed chess Grand Master Bobby Fischer when discussing his opponents: “I like to see ’em squirm.” I will admit that I admire this aspect of Donald Trump: his ability to brush off his opponents as feckless windbags.

But this political success is new to Trump. This isn’t the first time that he’s run for President: once in 1988, and again in 2000. Back then, nobody took him seriously. Nobody cared. Why did nobody care then, but everyone cares now? I think I know:

When asked how they felt toward the federal government, 37 percent of Republicans said “angry” in a Washington Post poll from last fall. By contrast, in September 1998, at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, only 14 percent of Republicans said they were angry.

Republicans are angry.

Something fundamental has started to change within the past few years. Voters are beginning to sense that the country is floundering. I think they are correct in that thought. But why are things floundering? And what will reverse this trend? This is where most voters get severely confused.

I do not think Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee next year. I think it is most likely to be Jeb Bush. This is partially because I pay more attention to the political betting websites than I do to typical polling methods. Where people are willing to put money where their mouth is, they are putting it on Jeb Bush, which is an indicator I put a lot of stock in. Also, I am not sure that Trump will be able to maintain his teflon popularity. He has certainly blown up in recent months, but how long can he keep up his trademark bluster? He is getting cocky. That’s when complacency comes in.

Ultimately, I suspect Jeb Bush will be the nominee. It would not be a surprise. He is what the Republican Establishment wants. The Establishment has a long history of getting what it wants. With Clinton and Bush going head-to-head for the Presidency, the Establishment will be getting their man, or woman, either way. We’re not so much talking about political opponents as we are talking about two sides of the same coin.

I think the most flagrant example of this was in 2004, when the Presidential election came down to two members of the Skull & Bones society: Bush Jr. and John Kerry. “Groan”, you might be thinking, “Here come the conspiracy theories.” C’mon. You mean to tell me that out of all the possible politicians in the USA who were gunning for the Presidency, the election came down to two members of a tiny and secretive organization that inducts only 15 people per year? Does that not make you scratch your head at least a little?

Most Americans have never heard of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR); and yet nearly all of America’s elite politicians and bureaucrats have at some time in their lives been a member of, or at least closely associated with, the CFR. Check any high-powered government position, and you’ll likely find that the current occupant is a CFR member, or that a CFR member has usually dominated the position. This is true for every member of the Cabinet and in every high-level bureaucracy. The same goes with the Trilateral Commission. Ultimately, CFR and Trilateral Commission members end up in the Cabinet of every single Presidency, Republican and Democrat alike.

Don’t believe me? Guess how many Trilateral Commission members Obama appointed to his Cabinet.

He appointed 11.

Sounds like change we could believe in.

The Establishment gets their man, or woman, almost every time. And this time, I think they’ll get either Clinton or Bush. To them, it does not necessarily matter which.

The only President since Harding to come from outside the Establishment was Reagan. But Reagan took on Bush Sr. as Vice President (another Skull & Bones member). He took on James Baker III ( a hardcore establishment man) as his Chief of Staff. The Establishment may not have had Reagan directly, but they had everyone else. This was comfortable enough for them.

My main point is this: having faith in national politics to “make America great again”, as mainstream conservatives are wont to say, is a loser’s game. It’s not enough to just be angry. That anger has to be channeled in a way that will fundamentally reform the system. I do not think national politics are the constructive avenue to do this. I think mainstream conservatives would like to imagine that funneling anger into national politics is all that is required to enact positive change as opposed to solutions which require actual lifestyle choices and genuine sacrifice, such as pulling kids out of the liberal-dominated public schools en masse. They like to imagine that all it takes is to get the right guy in White House to “make America great again”. But actually take action in their own lifestyle to fight the negative trends and influences at work? Perish the thought. Voters would much rather just vote for the next gaggle of CFR and Trilateral Commission members to run the show.

The faces and names change. The slogans shift. The yard signs come and go. But the basic nature of the US governmental system does not change. Republican voters do not realize just how futile these political efforts are. Case in point: Ronald Reagan, undoubtedly the most conservative President of the 20th century, still gave us higher levels of debt and spending by the time he left office then when he first entered. Reagan was surely more conservative ideologically than the mainstream Republican Establishment today. If Reagan couldn’t do it, then I can assure you: nobody less conservative than Reagan will have any meaningful positive impact. It will be business as usual.

When the total bankruptcy of the US government is finally upon us, it will generate more anger than ever before. Of all times for anger to be channeled in a constructive fashion, that will be the time. Who will be up to the task?

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